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Klas Ekman wins ‘Crime Debut of the Year’

Today, Klas Ekman’s Capable People was officially announced the winner of the 2021 Crimetime Award in the category ‘Crime Debut of the Year.’

The award is bestowed annually to a new star on the sky of crime fiction. Capable People was first handpicked for the shortlist by a jury, and then voted the favorite by readers. The award was handed out on stage at the Gothenburg Book Fair, with the following motivation:

“For a multi-layered, original and very well-composed story with both darkness and humor. A fatal mistake is followed by a series of bad decisions, and we are glued as the seemingly ordinary characters step by step dig their own grave. It’s absurd, entertaining and terribly frightening. Just like in a laughing mirror where we see ourselves and our modern day in the distorted image, the laughter gets caught in our throats. The award goes to a complete debut in the genre of kitchen zink realism noir.”

Johan Lindsten

Peter Birro joins Salomonsson Agency

Peter Birro (b. 1966) is one of Scandinavia’s most admired and prolific screenwriters. The three-time Prix Italia-winner’s groundbreaking TV-series HammarkullenDet nya landet, and How Soon Is Now?! are sweeping visions of Swedish society, marginalized people, political dramas and deeply human, emotional stories.

For cinema Birro has written the hugely successful biopic Monica Z about the internationally acclaimed jazz singer Monica Zetterlund, one of Sweden’s most talented and tragic artists. Monica Z became the biggest commercial success of 2013 in Swedish theaters and went on to be nominated for several awards, including a ‘Grand Prix des Amériques’ at the Montréal World Film Festival and no less than 11 Guldbagge Awards, of which it won four.

Birro’s most recent feature title is an adaptation of the nonfiction title 438 Days. The dramatic story of the kidnapping of two Swedish journalists in 2011 in Ethiopia premiered in 2019 and was promptly nominated for six Guldbagge Awards.

‘The Jealousy Man and Other Stories’ No. 1 Russia

The just published Russian edition of Nesbø’s The Jealousy Man and Other Stories has gone straight to No. 1 on the bestseller list for crime & thriller fiction in Russia.

‘The Ghost Detectives and the Case of the Ghastly Shadow’ published in Sweden

Welcome to The Ghost Detectives, Misty Valley’s own ER for ghostly matters. At your service are Elsa and Carl, who know most things about ghosts. This time around, Frans Fransson desperately needs their help. His apartment is haunted and he can’t sleep at night due to all the racket the ghost is making! Someone keeps smashing the china in the kitchen, turning the lights on and off and dragging books out of the book case. And sometimes a shadow appears in the middle of the floor, even though there’s no one there! How is it all connected? As always, the key is to understand what the ghost is trying to communicate. So who is this ghastly shadow and what does it want?

The Ghost Detectives and the Case of the Ghastly Shadow is the first stand-alone installment in Kristina Ohlsson’s spine-tingling, humorous and clever new series for the younger readers. Moa Wallin is the illustrator behind the vibrant and atmospheric images.

Wonderful reviews for ‘The Truth Will Out 2’

The Truth Will Out 2 premiered this weekend on Viaplay and promptly received rave reviews in the press, which laud the second season as even better than the first. The crime drama series is based on an original idea by the award-winning author and criminologist Leif GW Persson, and is written and created by Aron Levander and Hans Jörnlind.

The Truth Will Out 2 gives us this year’s best Swedish TV season so far. /…/ Robert Gustafsson continues to deliver on the highest of levels, in what is without a doubt one of his career’s best and most gripping roles. The Truth Will Out season two raises the stakes also for its other characters, in what is both an impressive and cathartic manner. /…/ To conclude: When all the actors’ impressive performances are paired with a (from beginning to end) well-written script […] The Truth Will Out 2 succeeds in standing out from the crowd in the otherwise so crowded crime genre. There is no doubt that Peter Wendel’s story is time well spent before the TV.”
★★★★
Filmtopp, Sweden

“Freed of excessive motions, [The Truth Will Out 2] stands out from the crowd thanks to how different it feels; angsty, subdued, controlled, believable. A big part of the reason why the series works as well as it does is Robert Gustafsson, who is once more phenomenal in his role as the cold case group’s sorrowful, head-strong and at times easily distracted leader, Peter Wendel. /…/ Also Ia Langhammer’s for the genre rather odd character, Barbro Svensson, is an important puzzle piece. /…/ The five episodes leave you hungry for more. Here’s hoping there will be.”
★★★★
Aftonbladet, Sweden

The Truth Will Out 2 is even better than its first season.”
★★★★
Expressen, Sweden

“Horrific scenes are woven together with both suspense and humor in a genius way. Robert Gustafsson performs his life’s best role as the distracted and resigned workaholic [Peter Wendel]. /…/ The television series keeps the standard high and is hands down one of the best contemporary Swedish crime dramas there is.”
Cinetaste, Sweden

‘1795’ published in Sweden

1795 is the third and final part of the Bellman noir trilogy.

Like a wounded animal, Tycho Ceton prowls the city, working on a scheme to reclaim the honor that was taken from him. He will cause a such a spectacular and shocking mayhem as no one has ever witnessed before in this wondrous and foul city of Stockholm.

Emil Winge is determined to stop him. But he can sense how the support for his hunt is fading. The paranoid powers that be have more important things to do, and his partner-in-arms, Mickel Cardell, is preoccupied by his own search for Anna Stina Knapp, who went missing after the death of her children.

Jo Nesbø and Liza Marklund No. 1 in Sweden

Jo Nesbø and The Kingdom claim thet No. 1 spot on the paperback bestseller list in Sweden also this week. Liza Marklund similarly maintains her hold on the e-book list, where her The Polar Circle is No. 1.

‘The Jealousy Man and Other Stories’ No. 1 in Serbia

Jo Nesbø’s The Jealousy Man and Other Stories is No. 1 on the official Serbian bestseller list.

Peter Thorsboe & Mai Brostrøm bestowed with the Danish Writers’ Guild’s Honorary Award

Founded in 1906, the Danish Writers Guild is a trade union for playwrights and screenwriters in theatre, radio, television and film. Each year the guild hands out an honorary award to those who have particularly excelled in their field. This year, the winners are Mai Brostrøm and Peter Thorsboe. Together, Brostrøm and Thorsboe have written over 200 hours of prime time television, aired not just in Denmark but also beyond its borders.